Ever since I was little and first saw the lifeguard stations on Miami South Beach, I have always loved them. Almost every time my family visits Florida we stop by Miami. This was the first ever shot I took of one of the lifeguard stations there and I was only 12 years old. Nearly 5 years later I came back to the photo and edited it Lightroom and gave it a film noir effect using DXO Labs.
North Carolina can be a great place to just drive around and relax admiring the countryside. I stopped the car to get this shot with my Sony A7r, focusing on the wire and blurring out the farm and grass in the distant.
While driving down to the Florida Keys I visited a large fruit and smoothie stand famously known as “Robert is Here”. I grabbed this shot of their amazing tasting mangoes, or as Robert would say, “The best mangoes you’ll ever have”. The place has all kinds of fruit, seasoning, and other products imported from all around the world as well as grown right in Florida. It is a truly amazing place right in Homestead, Florida and I would highly recommend visiting if you are ever passing by.
I found this hidden statue in a one of the most beautiful gardens in Charleston, SC. This was taken with my Sony A7r with a Meyer-Optik Görlitz Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 M42 lens on it. This lens is known for its painterly, swirly, and bubbly bokeh. To add some interest I applied a monochromatic filter from Fusion Express 2, but instead of the usual black and white, I used a brown palette for my monochromatic color scheme and tones.
Down in Florida I visited a beautiful botanical garden with an amazing butterfly observatory. I couldn’t wait to go in, but little did I know that trying to catch some of these guys on camera is much harder than it looks. They just wouldn’t stop moving! This was my final shot of a butterfly I was barely able to get before leaving the observatory.